Your Will. It’s probably the very last thing you’re thinking of as a fresh-faced 18 year old ready to make their way in the world, but it really needs to be on your To Do list. Today, Annemarie Swanepoel Attorneys looks at exactly why

Wills are for the old, aren’t they?

No one likes to think about death. It’s probably one of the worst conversations you’ll ever have with your loved ones, and it’s easy to keep putting it off because it’s uncomfortable. It’s one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have, though.

Your will is more than a legal document. Its protection for your family and loved ones, and the last comfort you can bring them in the world. It also ensures that everything you want- from who receives your worldly goods to how you are buried- is properly enforced under law and doesn’t fall prey to what others think. Over time, your basic young will will evolve to meet the new parameters of your life, including care for your possible spouse and children in the event of the worst.

I’m don’t have any worldly goods yet

While you may still be making your first marks in the world, that doesn’t mean you don’t need a will yet. Firstly, it serves as much more than just a list of who gets what. It can also help you express your wishes for those you leave behind, relieving them of the burden of having to guess what you want as they grieve. It’s also never too early to begin planning for your financial path forward in life, and good estate planning is part of that journey to adulthood.

Embrace your new role as an independent adult, and ensure that you set your intentions out clearly in a will. By getting into the habit of checking and revising your will young, you’ll always have the peace of mind of knowing that your family will be protected even after your death, no matter where your life takes you.

Let Annemarie Swanepoel Attorneys help you on the road to your new adult life, and get your estate planning process underway today.